By Frank Meke
Last week, we explained that Nigeria didn’t get any mention when United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) rolled out names of African countries with best tourism Villages.
We are not good at leaving such foot prints on global tourism market but would rather canvas to host the winning teams in Africa and the world, not because we wish to learn from them but to only to show off our father Xmas nature.
Indeed, we have gone past caring how the world perceive us, so what’s the big deal if we don’t factor on UNWTO best tourism destination benchmarks.
Let us today, wind off the sad trajectory and look at the pillars of UNWTO activities in pushing for tourism Villages across the globe.
These villages and their focal attractions, were premised by UNWTO for their outstanding cultural and natural assets, preservation and promotion of rural and community values and enabling socioeconomic and environmental sustainability.
These villages according to UNWTO could meet the upgrade variant and: so receive “support” from UNWTO and its partners, and hopefully flourish in a network of exchange programs, practices and opportunities.
So, let us prime these lucky villages in Africa, fit to headline the UNWTO effort in this regard.
*Rwanda and its Nkotsi village.*
Ringed around the Virunga Mountains, Nkotsi flourishes communities within this natural resources environment to enhance and promote sustainable growth through environmental conservation, Arts, culture, education, community health and Gastronomy security.
*Mauritius, and its le morne*
Set up by Dutch, the village of old Grand Port, also known as cradle of colonisation of the island, births multi ethnic population made up of fishermen, artisans and farmers, interestingly maintaining the old traditional way of life and culture untainted down the centuries, without rancour and irritations.
*Olergesailie of Kenya*
Famous for its centuries old hand made axes, with some unique and endemic to the area, 0lergesailie, is located in the southern region of Kenya and home to maasai people who still practise their ancient traditions. Archaeological findings revealed that some of axes found here dates back to a million and 490 years ago.
*Morocco and its Sidi kaouki*
A sleepy berber fishing and shepherd village, two hours from Marrakech, the village showcases high quality natural organic products such as cosmetics, honey, shampoo, soap, cream and argan food .
Described as the peacock of Ethiopia tourism, wonchi is located about 150 kilometres, west of Addis Ababa. Its blend of magnificent cultural attributes, its landscape and the deep basin of its lake , provides heavenly beauty